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Trump gives up GOP’s historic advantage on foreign policy

May 25, 2016

By Marc Thiessen

For decades, Republican presidential candidates have enjoyed a distinct advantage when it comes to foreign and national security policy.  In 2012, President Obama briefly closed the foreign policy gap with Mitt Romney before his election by promising that the “tide of war” had receded and that he would focus on “nation building here at home.” But since then the rise and spread of ISIS, a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe, a resurgent Russia, and a world that appears to be spinning out of control have restored the previous order. Today, Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of foreign affairs by a whopping margin of 57%-39%.

That should be good news for the GOP going into the 2016 presidential election, right?

After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, was Barack Obama’s secretary of state – the architect of the very policies of which Americans so vehemently disapprove.

Read the full article at the American Enterprise Institute: Trump gives up GOP’s historic advantage on foreign policy